Dec 14 2009


I was asked to write my thoughts on this subject as part of a forum in the form a blog, meaning FLAK PHOTO and LIVEBOOKS are writing about the subject and inviting others to join in by writing something, linking it, then they re-link it up for an ultimate future post of all of it together in one blog? I don’t know I’m confused too. Blogs eat blogs, and they never be not hungry.

Blogging is a good segway into my thoughts about the future of photo books. I’m thinking the internet is turning into a library or more like jail for your photos. Yes, libraries are way awesome and yes we are all photo nerds forever learning, but how long can you stay in there. It’s like detention for your photos. Saturday school. Your photos need to get out, go on dates, and get into some shit.

What happens next is what’s already happening now. Photogs are deleting their flickr and their blogs and crewing up with only the hardest realist ninjas. It’s hyper attack mode. Photogs are scrambling because their agency just cut them and their editors got laid off. Not to mention, “Oh, you shot this or that, someone else caught it before you on their cell phone and New York Times already spent their budget on those.”

For a photographer, getting published is the validation. It’s in the DNA. It’s past money. And if they can’t get any big names to put them out, they’ll put out their own stuff just like Lil Wayne blowing up off free mixtapes. Notice the decline in big publishers, yet the massive birth of brand new small publishers in this year alone. At one time print on demand services were a sketchy idea, now it’s pretty normal. I don’t think digital pdf download photobooks will ever enter the ring, maybe for press release type situations only. Viewing photos on an Ipod is ok for referencing stuff, but I don’t think anyone would enjoy a viewing a whole book that way.

I think photo books will always be around and get better and better, and in 10 years they will look even better than we can imagine. It’s brewing now. The perfect storm. All these self published titles will make the bigger companies step it up and take risks to survive. Also it will force content and quality up a notch, and bring ridiculous prices down. I don’t think everything has been done yet. I’m looking forward to it..

*The above photo is our hardcover book put out by POWERHOUSE BOOKS a year or so ago, I like to think of it as our first full length recording and all the magazine stuff as singles and b sides. We got lucky..

**Looks like you can get a copy for under $13 now off amazon.. (??!!?)

Dec 06 2009


“This commercial was shot back in 1997 by Alastair Thain using a still camera! It was the first time a stills camera had ever been used to shoot “moving images”. More than 200 rolls of 35mm film were developed for the commercial, in rolls of 36 shots each. These were spliced, graded for colour and edited. Written by Dave Bell. Art Directed by Jim Bucktin.”

Dec 06 2009


we got mapped up! bookmark it, “artist run spaces”, you hear that? we’re artists..

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Dec 04 2009


Wandering in the Company of Strangers Workshop Series 2009-2010

Instructors: Emilio Bañuelos and Ibarionex Perello

in collaboration with:
Jennifer Ahn, Carlos Araujo, Empire Seven Studios, San Jose, CA
Ricardo Guzman, Casa Escorza, Guadalajara, MX
Ray Potes, Hamburger Eyes, San Francisco, CA
Ibarionex Perello, The Candid Frame, Los Angeles, CA
Jorge Barragan and Sergio Garibay, La Caja Magica, Guadalajara, MX

Wandering in the Company of Strangers: the (Sub)Urban Portrait

Black Boots Ink invites you to wander with us on the first annual, traveling, project-based workshop and exhibit introducing you to your neighbor.

The (Sub)Urban Portait is the focus of the workshop series Wandering in the Company of Strangers. The emphasis of this workshop is on creating an opportunity for people to learn and practice skills that will help them document their own communities. Workshop sessions are designed for practical use with personalized working critiques centering on the work you create and instruction for photographing how people inhabit, use and exist within their communities. It’s often how life is lived, particularly in very public venues, be it a market, a church, a park.

We will discuss ways to use the camera to give voice to a community by approaching people, building relationships, and making insightful images in their natural environment. We will also discuss ethics and responsibilities, light and composition and equipment choices. The purpose of this workshop series is to help you understand the narrative, aesthetic, and emotional aspects of photography.

Each day is divided between classroom instruction, discussions, personal and group critiques and fieldwork. Participants may work in black and white or color c-41 film or digital. Enrollment is open to amateur and professional photographers.

Our vision is to make urban portraits as a means of visual introductions of people from one city to people in different cities. Our goal is to return the portraits of the public, to the public; to make art accessible in comfortable venues by combining the work from each workshop in a book, exhibitions, online, and on the streets and other places where people gather to live.


Guadalajara, November 29, 2009
Black Boots Ink Last Sunday Collaborative
The project begins in Guadalajara, with the participation of local writers and photographers.

San Francisco, Jan. 22 – 24, 2010
Special Guest Presenter: Ray Potes
The third, workshop will be hosted by Hamburger Eyes in San Francisco. An exhibit in the Mission District will include the work from Guadalajara and San Francsico.

Los Angeles, Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2010
Special Guest Presenter: Ibarionex Perello
The Candid Frame will host the final California workshop. A public exhibition will include the portraits from Guadalajara, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Guadalajara, February, 13, 20 & 27, 2010
Special Guest Presenter: Ricardo Guzman
We will conclude the project hosted by Casa Escorza on Februry 13, 20 & 27, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The final exhibit will be a culmination of work from San Francisco, Los Angeles and Guadalajara.

An edit of the final images will also be published as a BLURB book and online as Wandering in the Company of Strangers with literary portraits by Angie Zuno, J. Eduardo Barragan, Ibarionex Perello.

Any questions please contact us

Dec 02 2009


tommorrow, thursday, go to photo show/book release of SANDY KIM at EVERGOLD GALLERY up in the tenderloin. i know its not a big run of books so make sure you come and buy one. dont forget to check sandy’s blog. and jesse pollock went legit with logos, new site, and everything. he put out sandy’s book, check out the new UNPIANO BOOKS..